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The Oil Cold War: An Attack on Russia, Iran, Venezuela and the Environment

The Oil Cold War: An Attack on Russia, Iran, Venezuela and the Environment

Prices of gas at the pumps in the United States have declined by a remarkable 42 percent since August 2014. This acute drop in gasoline prices is, of course, the consequence of a crash in the value of crude oil traded on the global market. Specifically, in early August 2014, crude oil was trading on [...]

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Sustainable Ways to Feed the World Are Subverted by Corporations

Sustainable Ways to Feed the World Are Subverted by Corporations

Humans’ relationship to food is one of the most fundamentally shaping aspects of our societies. The sole fact that the majority of the world’s population now lives in urban centers is the direct result of a process that began approximately 10,000 years ago. This process was the switch from nomadic hunting-gathering societies to urban sedentary [...]

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Junk Food for Profit: Fat, Sick and Addicted

Junk Food for Profit: Fat, Sick and Addicted

  “We are what we eat,” as the old adage says. “If you eat a hamburger one day, then its atoms and molecules will end up making your cell walls and different organs and tissues,” explains Logan McCarty, a lecturer on chemistry, chemical biology, and physics at Harvard University. For humans, as for other animals, [...]

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Fox in the Chicken Coop: Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

Fox in the Chicken Coop: Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

Haitian President Michel Martelly, along with dozens of cabinet ministers and members of the private business sector, went on a European tour from October 27 to November 2, 2014, to promote the notion that Haiti is “open for business” with Europe. We are beginning to get a glimpse of the kind of business they had [...]

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The Bahamas: A Perfect Financial Storm Brewing in Tourism Paradise

The Bahamas: A Perfect Financial Storm Brewing in Tourism Paradise

By Norman Trabulsy Jr. The Bahamas is entering a period for which I see a Perfect Storm gathering, and this is unfortunate. A Perfect Storm comes about when a number of factors synergize to exacerbate what would otherwise be a mildly disruptive event. Although a number of other supporting realities strongly buttress my view, for [...]

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